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Jan Pawel Bembenek, Michal Adam Karlinski, Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzebska, Anna Czlonkowska
We aimed to provide a descriptive analysis of embolic stroke of undetermined etiology (ESUS) population based on a long-term prospective stroke registry. We retrospectively analyzed data collected in a detailed registry regarding consecutive patients admitted for first-ever ischemic stroke (IS) between January 2001 and December 2015. We used Org 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment classification supplemented with ESUS criteria proposed by the Cryptogenic Stroke/ESUS International Working Group. Within the ESUS group, we additionally compared patients ≤ 60 and > 60 years of age...
March 19, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Binod Aryal, Yajaira Suárez
The endothelial lining can be viewed as the first line of defense against risk factors of vascular disease. Endothelial dysfunction is regarded as an initial event for atherogenesis since defects in vascular integrity and homeostasis are responsible for lipid infiltration and recruitment of monocytes into the vessel wall. Monocytes-turned-macrophages, which possess astounding inflammatory plasticity, perpetuate chronic inflammation and growth of atherosclerotic plaques and, are therefore central for the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
March 15, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
Timothy M Hughes, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Suzanne Craft, Akiva Mintz, Gerardo Heiss, Priya Palta, Dean Wong, Yun Zhou, David Knopman, Thomas H Mosley, Rebecca F Gottesman
OBJECTIVE: Arterial stiffness has been associated with evidence of cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) and fibrillar β-amyloid (Aβ) deposition in the brain. These complex relationships have not been examined in racially and cognitively diverse cohorts. METHODS: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC)-Neurocognitive Study collected detailed cognitive testing for adjudication of dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), brain MRI, and arterial stiffness by pulse wave velocity (PWV, carotid-femoral [cfPWV] and heart-carotid [hcPWV])...
March 16, 2018: Neurology
Hui Zhu, Zhixing Li, Jinglei Lv, Renliang Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD) describes a syndrome of neuroimaging, pathological, and associated clinical features caused by small intracranial vascular lesions, which commonly coexists with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) and has been identified as a major cause of motor impairment over time. In this review, we aim to summarize the relationship between CSVD and LAA, and discuss the effects of CSVD on the clinical outcome of patients with ischemic stroke caused by LAA...
March 15, 2018: Neurological Research
Chakradhari Inampudi, Emmanuel Akintoye, Tomo Ando, Alexandros Briasoulis
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) refers to narrowing of the peripheral arteries and atherosclerosis is the most important cause. In patients with PAD, revascularization is the preferred therapeutic strategy; nonetheless several patients are not deemed candidates for it due to advanced disease or several comorbidities. The main target of therapeutic angiogenesis is to promote development of new arterial vessels and improve perfusion of ischemic tissue. Angiogenic growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), administered intramuscularly or intra-arterially, have been shown to promote angiogenesis and development of collateral vasculature in preclinical studies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Francesca Polverino, Bartolome R Celli, Caroline A Owen
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by chronic expiratory airflow obstruction that is not fully reversible. COPD patients develop varying degrees of emphysema, small and large airway disease, and various co-morbidities. It has not been clear whether these co-morbidities share common underlying pathogenic processes with the pulmonary lesions. Early research into the pathogenesis of COPD focused on the contributions of injury to the extracellular matrix and pulmonary epithelial cells...
January 2018: Pulmonary Circulation
Ruriko Seto-Yukimura, Emiko Ogawa, Takashi Hisamatsu, Sayuki Torii, Akihiko Shiino, Kazuhiko Nozaki, Akira Fujiyoshi, Katsuyuki Miura, Yasutaka Nakano, Hirotsugu Ueshima
AIM: We aimed to investigate the association between reduced lung function and cerebral small vessel diseases via cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the cross-sectional study of the general Japanese population. METHODS: We recruited participants aged ≥40 years from the general population of a single city in Japan. We clarified the comorbidities and treatments, smoking habits, second-hand smoke exposure, current alcohol consumption, education level, exercise habits, and occupation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Melissa C Caughey, Ye Qiao, B Gwen Windham, Rebecca F Gottesman, Thomas H Mosley, Bruce A Wasserman
Background: Both hypertensive and atherosclerotic processes contribute to common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT). Elevated CCA-IMT may be indicative of subclinical cerebrovascular disease; however, its role in the absence of concomitant carotid artery plaque is uncertain, and few studies have examined associations in black populations. Materials and Methods: At cohort visit 3 (1993-1995) a subset of stroke-free participants (641 blacks and 702 whites, mean age 63) from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study was imaged by brain MRI and carotid ultrasound...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Hypertension
Dorota Dąbrowska, Ewa Jabłońska, Marzena Garley, Jolanta Sawicka-Powierza, Karolina Nowak
Vascular diseases constitute a global health issue due to the increasing number of cases of patients with these diseases. The pathogenesis of the majority of these diseases, including atherosclerosis and thrombosis, is complex and not yet fully understood. One of the major causes for their occurrence can be immune disorders resulting in the development of a chronic inflammation within the vessels. In recent years, studies have placed emphasis on the role of neutrophils in the development of these diseases, i...
February 5, 2018: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Rachel Golan, Iris Shai, Yftach Gepner, Ilana Harman-Boehm, Dan Schwarzfuchs, J David Spence, Grace Parraga, Dan Buchanan, Shula Witkow, Michael Friger, Idit F Liberty, Benjamin Sarusi, Sivan Ben-Avraham, Dana Sefarty, Nitzan Bril, Michal Rein, Noa Cohen, Uta Ceglarek, Joachim Thiery, Michael Stumvoll, Matthias Blüher, Meir J Stampfer, Assaf Rudich, Yaakov Henkin
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The progression of carotid-plaque volume in patients with type 2 diabetes is common. Previous observational studies showed an association between moderate alcohol and reduced risk of coronary disease. We examined whether consuming moderate wine affects the progression of carotid atherosclerosis. SUBJECTS/METHODS: In the CASCADE (CArdiovaSCulAr Diabetes and Ethanol), a 2-year randomized controlled trial, we randomized abstainers with type 2 diabetes were to drink 150 ml of either red wine, white wine, or water, provided for 2 years...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Caitlin Finn, Peter Hung, Praneil Patel, Ajay Gupta, Hooman Kamel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Most cryptogenic strokes are thought to have an embolic source. We sought to determine whether cryptogenic strokes are associated with visceral infarcts, which are usually embolic. METHODS: Among patients prospectively enrolled in CAESAR (Cornell Acute Stroke Academic Registry), we selected those with a contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomographic scan within 1 year of admission. Our exposure variable was adjudicated stroke subtype per the Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment classification...
January 25, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
W T Longstreth, Natalie C Gasca, Rebecca F Gottesman, John B Pearce, Ralph L Sacco
BACKGROUND: To describe adjudication of transient ischemic attack (TIA) and stroke in an observational study. METHODS: We detail the process used to adjudicate TIA and stroke in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a large longitudinal cohort study. Two of three vascular neurologists adjudicated each event using specific protocols. We examined the initial agreement, effect of imaging on diagnosis of TIA versus ischemic stroke, and effect of strict and less strict criteria on the number of ischemic stroke subtypes classified as undetermined...
January 11, 2018: Neuroepidemiology
Sophie Merckelbach, Emiel P C van der Vorst, Michael Kallmayer, Christoph Rischpler, Rainer Burgkart, Yvonne Döring, Gert-Jan de Borst, Markus Schwaiger, Hans-Henning Eckstein, Christian Weber, Jaroslav Pelisek
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:  The CXCR4/CXCL12 complex has already been associated with progression of atherosclerosis; however, its exact role is yet unknown. The aim of this study was to analyse the expression and cellular localization of CXCL12 and its receptor CXCR4 in human carotid atherosclerotic plaques. METHODS:  Carotid plaques (n = 58; 31 stable, 27 unstable, based on histological characterization of plaque morphology) were obtained during carotid endarterectomy, and 10 healthy vessels were used as a control...
January 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Wen Wu, Xiaobo Li, Guangfeng Zuo, Jiangqin Pu, Xinlei Wu, Shaoliang Chen
Angiogenesis is described as a sprouting and growth process of new blood vessels from pre-existing vasculature. The relationship between angiogenesis and coronary artery disease (CAD) is double-sided. On one hand, angiogenesis within plaques is responsible for facilitating the growth and vulnerability of plaques by causing intraplaque hemorrhage and inflammatory cell influx, and overabundance of erythrocytes and inflammatory cells within a plaque probably causes plaque rupture, further leading to acute coronary syndrome...
December 27, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Aaron R Folsom, Pamela L Lutsey, Ronald Klein, Barbara E Klein, Weihong Tang
PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that retinal microvascular abnormalities known to predict other cardiovascular diseases are associated prospectively with risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm. The rationale is that aortic aneurysm involves small vessel pathology that parallels, to some degree, retinal vasculopathy. METHODS: In 1993-1995, the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, a prospective population-based cohort, took retinal photographs of a randomly selected eye of 10,911 ARIC participants (initial mean age 60 years)...
December 27, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
Takao Hoshino, Leila Sissani, Julien Labreuche, Gregory Ducrocq, Philippa C Lavallée, Elena Meseguer, Céline Guidoux, Lucie Cabrejo, Cristina Hobeanu, Fernando Gongora-Rivera, Pierre-Jean Touboul, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Pierre Amarenco
Importance: Patients who have experienced stroke with intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD) may also have concomitant atherosclerosis in different arterial beds and other possible causes for ischemic stroke. However, little is known about the frequency and prognostic effect of such overlapping diseases. Objectives: To describe the prevalence of systemic atherosclerotic burdens and overlapping stroke etiologies and their contributions to long-term prognoses among patients who have experienced stroke with ICAD...
December 26, 2017: JAMA Neurology
Hee Young Choi, Kyung Mi Lee, Hyug-Gi Kim, Eui Jong Kim, Woo Suk Choi, Bum Joon Kim, Sung Hyuk Heo, Dae-Il Chang
Purpose: The hyperintense acute reperfusion marker (HARM) is a delayed enhancement of the subarachnoid or subpial space observed on post-contrast fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images and is associated with permeability changes to the blood-brain barrier in acute stroke. We investigated the relationship between HARM and stroke etiology based on the Trial of ORG 10172 in Acute Stroke Treatment (TOAST) classification. In addition, we evaluated the relationship between HARM and stroke locations with respect to vascular territories and anatomic compartments...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
Cheng Xia, Hui-Sheng Chen, Shi-Wen Wu, Wei-Hai Xu
BACKGROUND: In this retrospective study, we investigated the main pathogenesis of the two types of isolated pontine infarction: paramedian pontine infarcts (PPIs) and small deep pontine infarcts (SDPIs). METHODS: Acute ischemic stroke patients, comprising 117 PPI patients and 40 SDPI patients, were enrolled. High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI) and routine MRI sequences were performed for each patient, and clinical data were collected. The following brain small vessel disease (SVD) features of the MRI scans were each rated (0 or 1) separately: asymptomatic lacunar infarcts, white matter lesions (WMLs), deep and infratentorial cerebral microbleeds (CMBs), and enlarged perivascular spaces in the basal ganglia...
December 12, 2017: BMC Neurology
N Martinez-Majander, K Aarnio, J Pirinen, T Lumikari, T Nieminen, M Lehto, J Sinisalo, M Kaste, T Tatlisumak, J Putaala
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Embolic strokes of undetermined source (ESUS) are a recent entity, not yet thoroughly investigated in young stroke patients. The clinical characteristics and long-term risks of vascular events and all-cause mortality between young-onset ESUS and other aetiological subgroups were compared. METHODS: Patients with ESUS were identified amongst the 1008 patients aged 15-49 years with first-ever ischaemic stroke in Helsinki Young Stroke Registry, and primary end-points were defined as recurrent stroke, composite vascular events and all-cause mortality...
March 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Rita V Krishnamurthi, Suzanne Barker-Collo, Varsha Parag, Priyakumari Parmar, Emma Witt, Amy Jones, Susan Mahon, Craig S Anderson, P Alan Barber, Valery L Feigin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Major pathological stroke types (ischemic stroke [IS], primary intracerebral hemorrhage [ICH], and subarachnoid hemorrhage) and IS subtypes, have differing risk factors, management, and prognosis. We report changes in major stroke types and IS subtypes incidence during 10 years using data from the ARCOS (Auckland Regional Community Stroke Study) III performed during 12 months in 2002 to 2003 and the fourth ARCOS study (ARCOS-IV) performed in 2011 to 2012. METHODS: ARCOS-III and ARCOS-IV were population-based registers of all new strokes in the greater Auckland region (population aged >15 years, 1 119 192)...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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